Tribunal affirms Nasarawa governor’s election


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The Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2019 general election, Hon. David Emmanuel Ombugadu against Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Governor Abdulahi Sule and the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The Tribunal presided over by Justice Abba Bello Mohammed in a nine-hour judgment said, “the petition lacks merit and so thereby dismissed”.

According to him, the petitioner was supposed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt for alleged over voting, disruption of votes, falsification of results among others.

He said, petition was not in compliance with the provision of the 2010 electoral Act, so failed to establish acts for his claim.

The Judge further added that none of the witnesses who testified for the petitioner were able to establish facts or tendered any documents that can substantial the allegations made.

Reacting to the tribunal judgement, counsel to the Petitioner, Affiku Gambo, said they will make consultation before taking any further decision.

Also speaking on behalf of the State Governor, the Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe, commended the tribunal for the judgement, stressing that the ruling has affirmed the people’s votes count.

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